Middletown defeated Port Jervis 30-0 on Turkey Day to win back the Erie Bell at Faller Field.
Two of the heroes were QB Juan Rodriguez (J-Rod, Part II), who threw for two touchdowns, and running back Justin Bynum, who added a rushing score. The Middies only led 9-0 at halftime put put down the throttle in the second half. Middletown, which started the year 0-5, ends the year by winning three-of-four.
Last year marked the first time the rivalry game was played on Thanksgiving since 1969. Port Jervis defeated Middletown 13-12 at Glennette Field. Middletown now leads the all-time series — which started in 1897 — 70-57-7. In terms of games played, it’s one of the longest high school rivalries in the country.
Port Jervis played the majority of Thursday’s game without starting QB/DB Matt Smith, who sustained a head injury on the second series of the game.